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Nottingham Post
Keimae Blake

Ex-barber opens new Bulwell bargain shop described as a 'small TK Maxx'

A former barber who has taken a “gamble” in opening up a new bargain shop said people have described the new business as a small TK Maxx. The shop in Bulwell is still finding its feet after opening on December 2.

Situated in Main Street, Bulwell, the new L&M shop sells many different items from toys, clothing, vapes and more.

Owner Luke Riley, 30, of Bulwell, who is running the venture with his partner Megan, said: “I’ve always liked to buy and sell and had a lot of stock for a while.

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“I was a barber so I was going to open a barber shop but I’ve seen that people in Bulwell are always asking for mens and women's clothing.” Before Luke opened his bargain shop, the unit was occupied by a vape shop.

Luke continued and said: “People come in here and they’ve said it’s like a small TK Maxx and because it was a vape shop before, people still come in asking for that so we sell vape too, we sell all sorts. We sell jumpers for £5 then coats for £100 that would have been £200 anywhere else.

Luke Riley, 30 has opened a new bargain shop (Nottingham Post)

“I want to keep what we sell at random so people keep coming back and finding bargains. “You don’t want to see the same jumpers week in, week out.” Some of the name brands found in L&M include: Nike, River Island, Pretty Little Thing, Zara, kids clothing from a Spanish boutique and more.

Not to be confused with B&M, L&M stands for Luke and Megan. Luke continued and spoke about setting up a business in a time where many business owners are finding it hard, he said: “I am scared, but it’s a gamble I opened a bargain shop to help people out. I feel like if I get it out there and advertise it enough, I should be fine.

"This is my first business and hopefully my last!"

Luke added: “A few people have said that it’s [the shop] is too far out but if you’ve got a niche, people will come further.”

Alex Norris, Labour MP for Nottingham North has said: “It’s good to see new shops in Bulwell, especially ones that help people with the cost of living crisis. We’ve got a big bid into Government for support to improve the town centre, making it a great place to shop and to do business.”


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